Attractions in San Antonio – Historic Market Square (El Mercado) | Bandera CBD Store

514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207, United States

Market Square is a three-block outdoor shopping center in downtown San Antonio, Texas, lined with shops and restaurants. Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the USA. There are 32 specialty shops in the “El Mercado” area and 80 in the “Farmer’s Market Plaza” area. Market Square is Cinco de Mayo’s venue in central San Antonio, along with many other fiestas during the year. In 1938-1939, after the demolition of the current municipal market house (known as the Giles building) the “El Mercado” building was built as a Works Progress Administration project. The new structure was initially dubbed the “Municipal Truck Market,” but it was generally referred to by residents as the “Farmer’s Market,” since farmers sold their goods directly from their trucks inside the building. The last produce was sold there in 1975, and the market house received renovation to turn it into an enclosed air-conditioned facility.

The Historic Market Square is a multi-business with most of the San Antonio City run buildings. Centro De Artes-Centro de Artes offers annually a full season of solo and group exhibits and programming through an open call operated by the Department of Arts and Culture, the City of San Antonio.

El Mercado and Farmer’s Market Building — The Historic Market Square stores, together there are over 100 stores that make it one of the biggest Mexican markets north of the Cano Fruiteria, El Merkadito, Plaza Taxco, La Margarita, Viva Villa, and Mi Tierra border— These buildings and private businesses are managed separately. Once upon a time, it was home to a busy manufacturing industry. Today it is a vibrant and fun reflection of all of San Antonio’s vivid cultures and flavours. You should expect to find all sorts of games, live music, vendors and events planned especially for kids on the weekends. You’ll have fun shopping with your parents too. There are various leather and paper-making products, blankets, pottery and many other hand-made and imported pieces. 

The possibilities at El Mercado are limitless, with approximately 30 shops. Known as the city’s authentic Mexican market, this spot is a must-see for all your memento, gift and accessories needs. At Market Square you can kill the hours by shopping, dining and getting a taste of the rich Mexican influences of San Antonio. The Mercado’s festive ambience is a nice way to spend the afternoon. There are plenty of vendors and all are fairly priced. There are things in San Antonio’s key center which are twice as expensive the market place. It’s certainly where you go for souvenir pickups. All the sellers are extremely helpful. A perfect setting for tourists of all ages, from young to elderly. There are tokens you can purchase, as well as food and colorful art and clothes. When in San Antonio it certainly is worth a visit. From June to August, the mercado is open daily from 10AM to 8Pm and from September to May, they are open daily from 10AM to 6PM.

This friendly attraction is located in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, along with these other must-see attractions for you to check out: 

  • The San Antonio River Walk

  • The Alamo

  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park & Mission Trail

  • San Fernando Cathedral

  • Natural Bridge Caverns

  • Pearl District and Farmers Market

  • Japanese Tea Garden

  • San Antonio Museum of Art

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